Happy Mother's Day! Hope every mother out there had great day today!
I have really good memories with my mom. I always went wherever my mom went. I was my mom's "leech." I used to be (and still am *^^* ) shy that I didn't like to meet new people so I would always stick to my mom's leg to hide away from strangers. We still like to go shopping, eat, paint, or do something together whenever we can...(right mom?).
If you read my introduction, you know that I LOVE kimchi and one of my favorite mom and me memory is obviously with KIMCHI!
Well...our family used to move a lot. I mean a lot. Before I became first grade we've already moved many times moving to different city, within the city, and even across the street. We weren't running away or anything...I realized much later that my dad liked to 'move.' I even remember when I was in primary school, one day I came back from school (not knowing 'where' we've moved to but I knew we moved) and had to meet my mom in front of our previous house. It turned out that we moved to the one right across the street LOL. Hey, as if Korea wasn't big enough we came to the States. Even here...we moved many times again...even traveled across the States from West to East. We sometimes joked that we moved so many times that the number of move is greater than our age. LOL.
Anyhow... I'm sure my family moved many times before I was born (being the youngest of the family) but as far as I can remember, whenever we moved my siblings were already going to school and dad to work. Only ones left at home was my mom, me, and the piled up boxes. I loved those times. Just mom and me. There were nothing out yet and it was lunch time. If you have Korean friends, many Koreans eat Jjajangmyun when they move. I don't know why but probably because it's the most popular and traditionally delivered food?
But for my mom and me, we would just get out the small foldable round table just like the picture(since our dining table is not yet set) right in the middle of the living room and sit down only with a bowl of rice with water poured in it and old (fermented for long time) kimchi.
The key to this lunch is that you don't chop kimchi with knife. Mom would just rip kimchi in long strands with her hands and put it on my rice.
Please DO try this at home. It's tastier to rip with hands than just cut it with scissors or knife. I know it may sound too simple but to me that was the most delicious lunch I've ever had!
So intimate and so just us... and I didn't mind moving from place to place since I always got to have that special lunch with mom. (She knew I loved to do that ritual with her) Just the two of us.
I'm sure everyone has at least one or two special memories of their own. Please feel free to share.
Let's not make only one day Mother's day, but little by little everyday ^^